Preparations are underway at State Farm Stadium for the Final Four in April

Mar 11, 2024, 4:15 AM

State Farm Stadium Gold Cup soccer arrests 2023...

(State Farm Stadium Facebook photo)

(State Farm Stadium Facebook photo)

PHOENIX — Preparations for one of the biggest events in Arizona this year are underway at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.

Tom Sadler, co-chair of the Phoenix Final Four Host Committee outlined some of those steps with KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News.

“This really started weeks ago, although we had other events at the stadium,” Sadler said.

“We started to pre-rig the roof for hanging the center-hung scoreboard that is kind of like a halo over the basketball court and goes in at about the 50-yard line at midfield.”

Sadler said other renovations included updates to the club area, loft suites, lighting system and wi-fi.

“It really goes back to 2015 where we started a process in partnership with (Arizona Cardinals owner) Michael Bidwill and the Arizona Cardinals to continue to evolve the stadium since it wasn’t designed for (basketball),” Sadler said.

“Since that time we have put in about $150 million in improvements to the stadium.”

The renovations have helped on the football end as well. With new stadiums popping up on a semi-annual basis, the stadium’s ability to transform and host different events helps it evolve with the times.

“We have to keep up with the Jones’s, as they say,” Sadler said.

The last time Glendale hosted the Final Four was in 2017.

Events for the 2024 rendition begin on Friday, April 5 with the semi-finals scheduled for Saturday, April 6 and the Championship set for Monday, April 8.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook Photo/ Prescott Frontier Days)...

Prescott’s ‘World’s Oldest Rodeo’ to celebrate traditions this summer

Tradition will be the theme of the 137th annual "World’s Oldest Rodeo" in Prescott this summer.

2 hours ago

(Facebook/Gilbert Police Department)...

Police investigating death of man pulled from canal in Gilbert

The Gilbert Police Department is investigating the death of man it pulled from a canal on Saturday morning.

4 hours ago

Community listening session on teen violence in Chandler set...

Serena O'Sullivan

Chandler city leaders to host community listening session on youth violence

Chandler city officials will host a community listening session on teen violence and behavioral health in early May.

8 hours ago

Diners eat at a Cheesecake Factory restaurant on May 11, 2023 in Oak Park, Illinois. (Photo by Scot...

David Veenstra

Here are the shops and restaurants Surprise residents want to see the most

The City of Surprise released the results of its 2024 Retail Survey. Here are the shops and restaurants Surprise residents most want to see.

9 hours ago

An aerial view map shows where a homebuilder bought a former golf course site in Glendale at 55th a...

Angela Gonzales/Phoenix Business Journal

Shuttered Glendale golf course site sold to Denver homebuilder for cash

Richmond American Homes of Arizona Inc. paid $28.64 million for land that was once home to a golf course in Glendale.

10 hours ago

Live Love is a nonprofit dedicated to improving local communities. (Live Love photos/via Facebook)...

David Veenstra

Chandler approves long-term partnership for new community center development

The city of Chandler reached an agreement with nonprofit Live Love to be able to use a new community center currently being developed. 

20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles



Here are 5 things Arizona residents need to know about their HVAC system

It's warming back up in the Valley, which means it's time to think about your air conditioning system's preparedness for summer.


DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.


Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Day & Night is looking for the oldest AC in the Valley

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.

Preparations are underway at State Farm Stadium for the Final Four in April